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  • China has spoken out after the US approved another arms deal between the US and Taiwan that would be worth over $2 billion.

  • Here's the Chinese Foreign Ministry warning against the deal.

  • China urges the U.

  • S.

  • To abide by the one China principle and China US three joint communique.

  • Stop selling arms to Taiwan and having military contact with them.

  • Cancel all relevant arms sales plan for Taiwan.

  • To avoid further damaging the China U.

  • S.

  • Relationship on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, China will take justified and necessary measures to firmly safeguard our national sovereignty and security interests Well, this would be the second arms deal between the US and Taiwan in recent months.

  • The first, worth $1.8 billion was approved earlier this month and prompted Beijing to sanction the US arms manufacturers involved.

  • Taiwan is self governing, but China regards it as a renegade province.

  • U.

  • S relations with Taiwan have grown justice.

  • They have soured with Beijing.

  • Taiwan says it will continue to develop its defense capacity in the face of China's military expansion.

  • Well, I'm joined now by Bonnie Glaser, the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

  • Thanks very much for being with us.

  • So what do you think this move means?

  • Well, I think that China always objects to US arms sales to Taiwan.

  • But under AH law that was passed in the United States in 1979 called the Taiwan Relations Act.

  • Every administration is required to sell arms to Taiwan to defend itself.

  • And frankly, the threat from China is growing.

  • And there is enormous bipartisan support in Congress for selling more arms to Taiwan.

  • So given that support that will clearly be seen as a provocation in China, what's China's aim here?

  • Well, China is trying to defend its sovereignty and not appear weak to its domestic public.

  • But frankly, the Chinese government knows that the United States will continue to sell weapons to Taiwan to defend itself this particular time, China has threatened to impose sanctions.

  • This is the third or fourth time that China has threatened to impose sanctions on U.

  • S companies, But frankly, most of these companies are not selling, of course, arms to Beijing, and they're not even doing much commercial business with China.

  • It was quite notable, in fact, that China on Lee said that it would sanction Boeing's defense unit and not the commercial side of the company.

  • Eso.

  • It looks like China is keeping its own interests at the forefront of its mind.

  • Now that's interesting, and I want to get into the detail off the weapons themselves.

  • What what's going on there?

  • Well, the United States has actually sold sold some offensive capabilities this time around, which is somewhat of a departure from the past.

  • For example, standoff land attack missiles, high mobile artillery rocket systems thes provide Taiwan with counterstrike missile force, which they can use to hit ports.

  • Airfields on China's coast, which would degrade the pl ays ability to conduct operations against Taiwan so they would only be used to retaliate to slow down and attack.

  • There's also in this new weapons package coastal defense cruise missiles, which are really game changer.

  • They could be mounted on trucks.

  • They can scoot and shoot Andi.

  • They can try and hit at amphibious landing vehicles, other transport vehicles that are trying to move large numbers of troops to invade Taiwan so there to prevent the p l.

  • A from landing on the beach.

  • Bonnie, thank you so much for talking us through what's going on there with that arms deal.

  • We really appreciate it.

  • Bonnie Glaser Thank you Next.

  • The U.

  • S has also signed a military agreement with China's regional rival India.

  • India and the US have agreed to share sensitive satellite data.

  • It is all against the backdrop of India's military standoff with China in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.

  • The announcement came during high level talks in Delhi between America and India.

  • Here's U.

  • S.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  • Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency in order, freedom of navigation, the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo Pacific.

  • I'm glad to say that the United States and India are taking steps to strengthen our cooperation against all manner of threats and not just those posed by the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Regina, by Jonathan is in Delhi Well, the deal that was done today between India and the US the basic exchange cooperation agreement is certainly seen as something that will strengthen ties between India and the US because it allows them to share information when it comes to maps and geospatial data when it comes to military operations, so that scene is a huge boost.

  • But the wider context of this visit, where you have to leading US Cabinet ministers is all about countering China's growing influence in the region.

  • I mean, just think about it.

  • You've got the U.

  • S.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  • You've got the U.

  • S.

  • Secretary of Defense, Mike Esper, who are flying halfway across the world during a pandemic a week before a presidential election for these talks, and that just shows you how important this is to the administration now, having left India there now in Sri Lanka, they will then go on to the Maldives and then Indonesia.

  • And those last three countries that I mentioned all have very good relationships and strong ties with Beijing.

  • So this is all about trying to contain encounter China's growing influence in this region, and it's worth also mentioning that only a few weeks ago, Mike Pompeo as deputy Steven Beacon, the deputy secretary of state, made a visit to Bangladesh.

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